PS. This is my last entry on Purpose and Destiny.
Purpose and Destiny:
NEVER GIVE UP!
Romans 8:28 proclaims,
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (NIV).
A mountain climber said this,
“Climbing a mountain is the furthest thing from easy. Long stretches of constant vertical climbing can be the most exhausting and hardest thing you do. Not only the physical difficulties but also the mental difficulties will also test you… You will learn to never give up; to know that the reward will be worth the work it takes. It may take you several months, attempts and hours but you will take the time and you can achieve the climb. Once you make it you will realize what all the fuss is about.”
While another said
“Climbing captures the allure and mystery of life for me…. there is the challenge of taking a step on a steep slope knowing that a mistake could be deadly but the next step will be rewarding.”
Never give up! Persevere.
God knows what we are going through. God knows what to do but He will not stop us from moving forward, from moving upward. As the saying goes, “The teacher is quiet during the test”. We must not stop praising God because in the process we take a step closer to the peak where we really want to go, where God is waiting.
As for me, I have learned that the process is never that easy. Sometimes, you will feel happy and content and sometimes you feel bad and want to quit. When I passed the board exam (in 2014) we as a batch were half-hearted whether to rejoice or feel bad. We just finished a long way of reviewing and hard work. The waiting was excruciating. Then came the results.
We wanted to rejoice because we had 2 classmates who topped in the national examination and to be sad because one of us failed in the exam. Because of this experience, I came to a point to question why this happened. Why? Why her? She’s a Christian. She loves the Lord and she prays. And I thought surely God was on her side as He did with us who passed but why? What happened? Well this is the answer I got,
“God has a plan. He has a purpose for doing this. He wants to prove a point to her and to you her fellow believers. God wants to see her survive and move forward because despite it all God still holds the TRUMP card. He is still in control and this experience is going to make her stronger as a person and as a child of God” (May 07, 2014)
I believe she was placed in that situation where the Lord took her to a place where none of us could go. But as Romans 8:28 proclaims, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (NIV) I believe this experience worked out for good not just for her but also to us her fellow believers. To us who realized that God can take us to different roads yet still reach the same location. The RIGHT location.
Purpose and Destiny:
Colossians 3:1 ISV
Therefore, if you have been raised with the Messiah, keep focusing on the things that are above, where the Messiah is seated at the right hand of God.
We must not let anything else distract us for if we do we fall and fail. So stay focused and take courage from the Word of God. Arnette, who summited Everest on his fourth attempt in 2011 said this: Climbing a mountain “…brings into focus what’s important to you,” … “There are a thousand reasons to turn around and only one to keep going. You really have to focus on the one reason that’s most important and unique to you.
“It forces you to look deep inside yourself and figure out if you really have the … toughness to push when you want to stop,” he added. “When you come home, you realize you are able to face a wall and overcome that wall.”
There will be many as there are already many things that want to steal our focus in life. But as Paul’s letter to the Colossians says, if we have already claimed to have been redeemed and saved by the blood, we must know where to put our focus. We must know what our priority should be. We must focus on God.
Yes, there will be many walls, there will be many attacks and there will be many hurts but one thing we are assured of that greater is the suffering, the greater the reward and blessing from God. And as was testified even mountain climbers acknowledge this in their endeavor, they recognize that facing a wall and being able to overcome it is a great gain. All the pain and suffering you had to go through just to be able to overcome has been paid off when you reach your destination.
1 Corinthians 10:13 (New American Standard Bible)says that “No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.”
And God never wastes these experience, this temptation that we have overtaken. For in the test comes the testimony, in the mess comes the message. Out of this pain will come deliverance. Joseph himself said, “you meant evil against me but God meant it for good…” It may have happened for a wrong or bad purpose but God will turn that wrong beginning into a message and into a testimony that will glorify His name.
As part of my testimony, I believe this will speak out to those who had started wrong and thought it was enough. So before really having a deep relationship with God my motivation for living and fighting depression was because, as I said in my journal, “I do not want to be like her. I do not want to end up like her who let depression take over her life which made her kill herself and her unborn child” (dated April 18, 2016).
I have greatly grieved the death of this distant cousin but her life became my motivation. So whenever I felt depressed and unwanted and unloved, I remember her. I remembered how her life was wasted because of that thought of people despising her because of what she was going through. I thought of how selfish her decision was of taking her own life. And it made me rethink of the bad things I wanted to do myself.
But that was then.
My focus was on the wrong reasons. Now I know Jesus and what sacrifice He truly did for me on the cross and it became my motivation. And His Word assures me that I have a purpose, my life is here for a purpose and I have something to fulfill that no one else can fill the gap. I am unique and loved and is continually loved by God. So, I no longer have the right to take my life away nor waste it for it is no longer mine but His to use for His glory.
Purpose and Destiny:
BELIEVE THAT WE CAN GET TO IT
Hebrews 4:6 ESV
And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.
We must have faith to do what we must do. It may seem impossible at times but Matthew 19: 26 NIV says Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
Faith as the Bible states is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1) We have heard the saying “To see is to believe”. Faith is the opposite of that statement. With faith, we first have to first believe so we can see what we believe in. Faith is never forgetting nor letting go of what you believe in no matter what circumstance you are in. No matter how hopeless it may be, faith assures us and gives peace to believe that there is still hope. Faith assures us that God is still there for us.
So when believe in His plan, God can pave the way and do the rest for us. Do not do God’s work because He can do it best.
All we have to do is do what we do and believe that we can get to where we believe we will get to. Have faith.
And remember, FAITH IS NOW!
Purpose and Destiny:
BELIEVE IN HIS PLAN
Isaiah 46:10 New American Standard Bible
Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things which have not been done, Saying, ‘My purpose will be established, And I will accomplish all My good pleasure’;
I believe that God has a STRATEGY for our lives. He has an ultimate power plan on how we can climb the mountains in our lives, overcoming all obstacles and achieving all the goals we have in our lives.
Before we even started thinking of what we are to do, God already had an end in mind for us. Even in the beginning, God already knew our end, our purpose in life and in that purpose He has set a strategy, a plan for us to accomplish.
This is God’s plan to those who believe:
Jeremiah 9:11 New Living Translation
For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
God knows what He is doing. He is the God of ALL PLANS and His plans are always for a BETTER future and a hope for all of us.
The Bible says God is not a man that He should lie nor the son of man to repent, if He said it He will do it. (Numbers 23:19) This is our assurance that whatever plan He has for us, it will be DONE no matter what happens, no matter what we want to do.
Believe in His plan and you will be prospered. (Proverbs 15:6; 13:22) As 2 Chronicles 26:5, “… as long as he sought the Lord, God made him prosper.” So as long as we seek the Lord He will never leave us nor forsake us.
I have heard countless ministers of the Lord say that God has us always in His hand it only when we VOLUNTARILY move out of His hand that we lose His blessing. He will never evict us from His presence yet He gave us the choice to choose whether we will stay or move out.
So what do we choose? Do we choose to stay in His plan? Or move out of His perfect will for us?
December 14, 2016
Purpose and Destiny:
KNOW YOUR CALLING AND STAY ON YOUR CALLING
Ephesians 4:1-3 ESV
therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
STORY/ TESTIMONY: I remember a pastor, a called apostle of the Lord who ran away from his calling, a Pastor S. He knew his calling as God revealed it to him when he was a teenager. God revealed it to him and everyone knew what he was supposed to become.
But he went away from this God-given calling. He had let himself go away from his God-given destiny. So for more or less than 10 years he became an addict to the point that he would steal from his mother who eventually lost her house because of his addiction. Eventually he got convicted of drug use. In short he lived a life of misery. Until his late 20s when he had an encounter with God and God turned his life around.
A woman of God said this, “When Satan sees you, he sees DESTINY, not for who or where we are now but on who we are about to become, where we are about to go and what we are about to have.”
We go through what we go through because of the destiny coming up ahead of us. I believe that Satan knew Ps. S’s destiny, his calling in life and he also knew the potential he has in crippling the plan of the enemy for man. The enemy knew he has a God-ordained ministry and he was to do signs and wonders for the glory of God so because of that he did all he could to stop that from happening.
The enemy tried so hard to stop him from accomplishing his destiny as a pastor and he was able to accomplish it for 10 years yet because God has a purpose for his life God intervened and made a way for him to realize his errors and go back to God.
So, I believe with ALL my heart that NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS, GOD’S PLAN WILL ALWAYS HAPPEN.
Now Ps. S goes around the world testifying of what God has done and is continually doing in his life and his ministry.
This is a warning and a reminder to us all that life is not a simple thing to trifle with. Our lives are precious before the site of God. The Father gave up His Son for this life. Jesus died on the cross for this life. The Holy Spirit came for this life.
This life is not given to us to simply waste on trivial things. This life is given to us to BY HIS PURPOSE and FOR HIS PURPOSE.
We must make this our very purpose: to live and die for God.
December 11, 2016
Job 12:10 TEV
“It is God who directs the lives of his creatures; everyone’s life is in his power.”
We all have dreams in life, a purpose we want to accomplish.
We all want to accomplish something, to be someone great, to be better than we were yesterday.
When we were children we wanted to grow up FAST! Back when in elementary, we wanted to go to high school and meets new friends. Then in high school, we wanted to go to college and learn new things. When at last we were in college, we wanted to graduate and earn our own money.
But then sometimes in our own job, we somehow wish we could go back to going to school where we easily get money through our allowance. Life felt easy back then.
As for me, I always thought growing up and doing these things would go just naturally, a course of nature, a flow of natural events. YET through the years of learning more of my faith in God, I have realized that IT IS NOT THAT EASY. Getting there is NEVER that easy.
Take for example a mountain climber. I have recently watched the movie entitles “Everest”, the true-to-life-story 2015 movie about a guide and his crew as they face obstacles in their mission to climb and reach the peak of Mt. Everest. In the movie, I saw and learned that a mountain climber sees his purpose is climbing the mountain at any cost. The climb is never that easy yet regardless of the obstacles, he does not put his goal aside until he reaches the peak of that mountain.
A climber said this, reaching the top is “… like reaching a goal, achieving a dream and figuring out that you can do anything that you set your mind to.”
So what is our dream? What have we set our mind to do?
What is the purpose of our lives?
what have I been doing with my life? Have a lived a meaningful life? Or wasted opportunities in my life?
Let me read what Rick Warren said in his book The Purpose Driven Life about the purpose of life,
“The purpose of your life is greater than your own personal fulfillment, your peace of mind, or even your happiness. It’s far greater than your family, your career, or even your wildest dreams and ambitions. If you want to know why you were placed on this planet, you must begin with God. You were born by His purpose and for His purpose.”
So, before we can fully understand and be able to do the purpose for our lives, we should first understand that THESE THINGS START AND WILL BEGIN WITH GOD. EVERYTHING STARTS AND ENDS WITH GOD.
He is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end of ANYTHING and EVERYTHING. (Revelations 1:8)
As the Bible says, Job 12:10 TEV
“It is God who directs the lives of his creatures; everyone’s life is in his power.”
December 14, 2016
ABOUND IN LOVE
July 20, 2016 (Wednesday)
[Updated July 26, 2016]
“12And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. 13But he endures to the end shall be saved.” Matthew 24: 12-13 NKJV
This morning I was doing the inventory and while doing inventory I was also scanning parts of those books that I liked the title and/or author.(#Library things) The books I was able to scan was all about the end times, stories of prophecies and prophetic preaching on the end times. So that was when the pattern started.
And then in the afternoon, my internet connection was restored/ fixed after 2 days of no internet connection.(The wires for the internet was struck by lightning last Saturday.) When I opened YouTube the first video I saw was that of an end-time video collection. This was the second time for that day that I was faced with things about the end times.
The video was HARSH with all the bad things the enemy has done and is continually doing in the world. And another video was about a research institute that found/created an entry point at another dimension. I was not able to finish it but when I saw the next video I concluded that it was an opening to another dimension we do not know of. I don’t want to conclude but it might be a man-made gateway to something really bad.
After watching that I was very troubled and I felt my spirit was in an uproar.
While at the jeep (Philippines public transport), I still felt uneasy and I really wanted to read my Bible to encourage myself. We have a Midweek Service at church and I was assigned as a back-up worshiper. So “This can’t be happening!”.
At this moment God made me realize that my heart was not prepared to watch those videos (and I forgot to pray over it before watching, SORRY LORD!) so it made my heart really troubled.
When I arrived at church, I read my Bible on verses to encourage me and calm me. I read Psalm 23, Psalm 30 and other Bible verses about joy (since our worship songs were about joy). And that was not enough, I still felt uneasy although it calmed me down a little. So I went on the balcony and spoke in tongues because I believe that he who speaks in a tongue edifies himself (1 Corinthians 14: 4a New American Standard Bible) . So I declared on myself, I prayed for joy, for preparation, for peace, for calm spirit.
I needed to do that because I was going to minister in songs and I knew my heart has to be sanctified and prepared for worship OR ELSE I will not be a blessing to the Praise and Worship team but a burden. I did not want to be burden.
I continued reading the Bible and speaking in tongues while waiting for the service to start. So when the praise and worship started I was about ready. And I believe I was a partaker of that great move of God especially because I prepared more thoroughly because of what I felt a while back.
[NOTE for MYSELF:Now another challenge I have been struggling with is HUMILITY. Because I knew I was a partaker, I knew I was part and somehow the move of God was partly a response to my intercession. That was where humility comes in. I knew what I did, I knew what God was doing at that time and I also knew despite my efforts I CANNOT TAKE THE GLORY OF GOD FOR MYSELF. I had to give it all to God. (Ezekiel 36:22, Psalm 115:1) And that was my struggle. Because every time I remember that I was a partaker, my pride wants to step in and take the glory for myself. And so I had to constantly remind myself that it was NOT ME BUT GOD. I had to bring my focus out of my self-recognition and bring back my focus to God who I was singing praises to. And I know God will continually help me in this aspect of my life.]
After the worship, the opening verses were read and it was taken from Matthew 24: 4-13. And when I turned my Bible into it, the heading was “The Signs of the Times and the End of the Age”. WOW! I said to myself, I thought I was done with these things, I thought that was the end and that God was done with that topic for me for the day. But NO, GOD HAD MORE.
And God turned it around. Instead of that sharp and serious topic of the End of Age, it was a topic on LOVE. So all of that unsteadiness was after all a preparation for this word I was about to receive.
Matthew 24:12 speaks of the LOVE that would grow cold in these last days.
For me, after all the end-time signs I watched where LGBT mock Christians, where they cheer and clap and laugh at Christian antics and teachings like it was nothing. I felt disheartened and so discouraged with these people.But after listening to the preaching, or more timely, while on the process of making this devotion God reminded me of LOVE. God reminded me that these people may not love me, may not deserve love in my perspective, and may not love God but because God loves them despite their actions I also have to show love as He did no matter what. (John 13:15) And I cannot say that I know and am striving to know more of God if I do not show love because God Himself is love. (1 John 4:8)
So God said LOVE. Love especially those who do not deserve love. These people who blaspheme the Lord in their words and actions are still worthy of love. That I believe is what God wanted me to realize.
And Matthew 5: 43-44 says,
43” You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 “But I (Jesus) say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you. NKJV
GOD AT HAND
July 17, 2016 Sunday AM
23”Am I a God at hand, declares the Lord, and not a God far away? 24 can a man hide himself in secret places so that I cannot see him?” declares the Lord. “Do I not fill heaven and earth?” declares the Lord. Jeremiah 23: 23-24
God knows our every needs and heart’s desire. He knows what we need, when we need them and how he can give it. No matter what we do, we can never hide from the Lord. (Hebrews 4:13)
He is the God at hand. The God who is always CLOSE. The one who is always CONSTANTLY by our side. He is our potter, our creator, our shepherd and our light. No matter what He will never leave us not forsake us.
So God created man in His image, in the image of God He created him, male and female he created them. Genesis 1:27
He created us in HIS IMAGE AND LIKENESS. He CREATED US PERIOD.
He created us so we can enjoy and rejoice in His presence. He created us IN HIS IMAGE so we have the FEATURES of God. That is the LOVE of God. That though man sinned and done all he wanted with himself.God did not and NEVER even thought to alter man so we would not be created in His image and likeness.
He NEVER contradicts Himself. What He said, He will do. (Number 23:19)
So BE STILL and KNOW THAT HE IS THE LORD. (Psalm 46:10)
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for you are with me, your rod and your staff they comfort me. Psalm 23:4